A longtime Davis resident was partly responsible for John, Paul, George and Ringo making it home safely 50 years ago, and she has the autographs to prove it.
Pauline Bekebrede, who has since retired with her husband Al, was the head flight attendant of the Pan-Am flight that took The Beatles back to England after their famous performance Feb. 9, 1964, on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” their first U.S. television appearance.
“I think they liked me or they wouldn’t have signed the magazine,” said Bekebrede, a classical music fan and not a Beatles fan, who doesn’t remember much else of the trip other than that the musicians were well-behaved.
Each of the Fab Four signed the cover of her Feb. 24, 1964, copy of Newsweek. The autographs are now worth about $18,000, Al Bekebrede said.
“We’ll let our daughters fight over it,” Pauline said with a grin.
An all-star tribute to The Beatles aired on CBS Sunday night and featured performances of the Fab Four’s hits by Maroon 5, John Legend and Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams and others as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr looked on, before taking the stage themselves to close out the night.